Former British Consulate (Yataro Noguchi Art Museum)

Looking for abandoned places in Nagasaki, I checked out a Japanese web site called, interestingly ‘Haikyo Crap’, which has a nice map showing you all the abandoned places near you.  Check it out at this link,, or from the blog roll.

Only place near me was a big, red brick building, so off I went to check it out.  Using GPS and open street maps, it wasn’t too hard to locate this massive abandonment in the middle of Nagasaki!

Some photos, then some background.

The front gates:

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As you can see, there are two small, identical, rusted gates at either end of the front wall.

Lets look through the gates….

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Looks in good condition, just a bit overgrown.  You might be able to see, hidden in the foliage, the tourist information board.   Turns out that this is the Former British Consulate, later used as the Yataro Noguchi Art Museum.  I knew the name of the place when I saw this sign at the back of the building:


And checked on the web for some more info.  Turns out it was in use until 2007 as an art museum, when t was closed for repair, restoration and strengthening work.  However, seven years later, and no work seems to have started yet……here is what it looked like in it’s prime:

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The information and this painting comes from this site and this web search:

So next, I went around the side

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By standing on the flowerbed wall, you can see into the compound.  If you had appropriate clothes, and hadn’t been flown to Nagasaki by your company for work like me, getting in and looking around would be very easy.

This is the main building from the side street:

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And here is a corridor/room in the back of the property, leading to another large building.


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And here is the large building at the back of the property.

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Some close-ups of the building.

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This is the inside of a small room next to the side wall.



An finally, around the the outside of the large building at the back of garden area. This are is facing the street, and this is where the sign I showed you earlier was.

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That’s all for this post.  If you go to Nagasaki, you should definately check this place out.

Thanks for reading!


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2 Responses to Former British Consulate (Yataro Noguchi Art Museum)

  1. rather liking that – look forward to more


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